This is how my best friend makes her Beef Au Jus. It is very, very good. Serve over buns, mashed potatoes, or drain the meat of the broth and add bbq sauce and serve over buns.
Place chuck roast in a roasting pan. Add water, until about an inch deep. Add salt, pepper, beef bouillon and a bay leaf. Cover roasting pan and bake 325 degrees for about 4 hours, or until tender. Turn roast over halfway through cooking time. No need to brown the roast, first. Remove the meat from the broth and cool slightly on a large plate. Shred meat. Degrease the broth, and serve broth on the side of the sandwiches for dipping.
Note: These are wonderful served on hoagie buns, topped with sliced green peppers and onions that have been sauteed in olive oil, with the broth served on the side for dipping.